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Society & Solitude #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Society & Solitude #1
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.23%


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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double IPA brewed with Cascade hops.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-12-2012)
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a mirky light orange color, frothy cream-colored head, sticky lacing, thin collar, thin cap.

S - Sweet citrus and tropical nose that's heavy on the Mandarin oranges. Light pine, some floral notes in there as well. Very clean and sweet, quite enjoyable.

T - Not quite as a palate-buster as the taste would suggest, which is nice. Again, really nice citrus/orange, some lemon zest, and a nice dose of sweet malts in round things out. Finish is slightly floral hoppy notes with a nice bitter bite on the end.

M - Light, refreshing, good carbonation.

O - Another excellent hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead...what a surprise, haha. The nose led me to believe this one was bigger then I though it was, which is nice because it was easy to drink while still having some nice complexity. Recommend.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2012 19:33:00 | More by Sean9689
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When they said they were going to make an experimental series of IPAs, I was kind of taken aback when they decided to make a single-hopped beer with Cascade hops, which is one of the most common hops used for the past decade +. figured they would have gone with something more "experimental" but I'll let the beer speak for itself.

very hazy golden copper with a sizable pure white head that sticks around forever and laces well.

definite cascade aroma of citrus and grapefruit with that slight pine twang. lots of orange peel, grapefruit juice, lemon zest. not detecting much in the way of malts. very hoppy and citric, which was expected.

again, lots of juicy citrus, a bit of bitterness but more of the cascade flavor than bitterness. There is a bit of a floral/spicy quality in the middle and it finishes with a bit of a resiny finish with a slight bitterness, but for how hoppy this is, the bitterness is tame. again, just tons of fresh hop flavor.

medium bodied with a very pleasant carbonation level and a slightly resiny finish that leaves a pleasant juicy flavor lingering for a while.

Well, Cascade hops are the most used in America for a reason, they are damn tasty. I like how this focuses more on the flavor and aroma of the hop rather than the bitterness. Would like a bit more complexity, but there still is a lot of flavor for a single-hopped single-malted beer.

I have read that this measures at 8%ABV, but not direct from the brewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:03:29 | More by silentjay
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving thin white foam settles to a thin collar and a few wispy patches on top, but no lace. Murky white peach flesh body.

S - My initial impression is creamsicle - a hefty dose of orange and vanilla malts. However, as it warms up a bit I get a tad more herbal, earthy, and slightly piney hop flavors adding depth to the intense citrus flavor.

T - Taste is also quite similar, with both sweet orange flesh and bitter orange peel flavors, lightly sugary malts, and a surprising tropical flavor I don't generally get from Cascade hops. More balanced than I was expecting, but the malt character integrates well with the juicy hop flavors. Bitterness is pretty low.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, chewy texture, and a very dry finish. Plenty of residual hop oils and resins that coat the teeth. Could maybe use a few more bubbles.

D - I had fairly low expectations considering I tend to dislike Cascade-heavy beers. I'm not sure if Shaun supplemented the hop bill with another hop, or just has great ingredient sourcing, but this one was a winner and avoids the soapy flavors that I associate with Cascade. I was sad that Sean took home the second 750ml growler, as I kind of wanted more of this one.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2012 03:38:38 | More by MasterSki
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this growler. Out of my Hill Farmstead stemware.

A- A murky muddled brownish gold, rather dull in appearance. A nice healthy white head forms with tons of lacing.

S- A nice hoppy sweetness,notes of peach and grapefruit. Touches of pine and caramel malt.

T- Surprisingly smooth, and the malt is very toned down. Some bready malt, grapefruit, and lemon hops, intially. The aftertaste is very piney and lingers for minutes. While the hops are great, the base is a little lacking.

M- Could be a little undercarbed due to the growler, but it also struck me a little light for a DIPA. Though it is quite drinkable, it needs a bit more malt body.

O- Overall this beer is well above average for most, but only average for Hill Farmstead. Very nice hop usage, but the malt base came up a bit short for me. As someone else said, would rather Galaxy/Ephraim/Citra...

-GFunk

Serving type: growler

01-17-2012 23:47:33 | More by Gfunk720
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this after having grown Cascade hops for years, and having done most of my limited homebrewing with Cascade.

Cloudy dull orange color with a small head and modest lacing.

Good floral and fruity hop aroma with a bit of malt leaking around the edges. I can imagine melon and peach in the nose.

Great and big hop flavor on a firm malt backbone. The malt is definitely in the backseat, but enough body and sweetness to create a decent sense of balance - moreso than many hop-forward American IPA's.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall drier and crisper than many DIPA's. Very enjoyable. I am glad to have tried this and would order it again. However, I would prefer HF's other DIPA's (Citra, Galaxy and Abner) to this one.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2012 01:55:06 | More by CliffBrake
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cavedave

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PB

A dark straw color, topped by a long lasting but thin head of off white foam, quite cloudy, makes some crazy lacicles on the tulip.

Med. strength aroma, grapefruit, orange peel, pine bitter, a hint of floral, neutral sweet with a touch of honey aroma.

A hop masterpice on a canvas of neutral sweet and just a hint of bread and honey. Grapefruit, bitter pith and rind, nice drying pine at the end of the sip, some floral and alcohol spice to it, quite a blast of flavor.

Very light in the mouth, yet nicely viscous, perf. low carb., and an excellent finish. Clean and delicious.

Unlikely you will get a shot at this limited, delicious beer, but if you see it go for it, it is like a Taupin/John song in the form of a collab.'tive beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 22:41:07 | More by cavedave
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Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY, home of brewer Jeff O’Neil, collaborator on this brew.

Pours cloudy, dull, apricot/orange amber. Light oatmeal head, leaves a thick collar and ample delicate webs and bits of fine lace.

Light and aromatic nose with fruit, resiny hops and a whiff of alcohol

Flavorful, fruity, hopped up and dangerously drinkable. Hops do not smack you in the face with audacity, but are more subtle in their approach. Notes of oranges, grapefruit, more and more hoppy waves of goodness with each sip.

Well crafted. Glad I had a chance to enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 15:14:11 | More by Billolick
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Florida9

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the baconsausage for this one.

A: Cloudy dank orange-tinted peach in color. Forms a frothy white head with large, stable bubbles. Reduces down to patchy foamy islands of bubbly head and a large ring around the edges. Some patchy lacing.

S: A potent mix of floral hops and alcohol.

T: The flavor on this one is a bit unusual for a DIPA. The body is extraordinarily light as are the malts. Very light sweetness on the front end with some biscuit and cracker. Then there is a strong flavor of grapefruit with a bit of resiny pine mixed in. But the hops are not strong in the traditional sense: the hops are there, but they're surprisingly subdued. Finish is dry and astringent to point of being chemically. An odd beast, but an enjoyable one.

M: Rather light for a DIPA. Good carbonation. Moderate bitterness, but with a dry astringency on the finish.

O: This DIPA is a bit of an unusual one. It drinks like a single IPA with absolutely none of the characteristics of a DIPA other than the fact that it hits like a Double. Aside from the nose the alcohol is barely present, but it hit hards. A good beer.

Serving type: growler

01-14-2012 03:43:03 | More by Florida9
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farm House in Burlington VT. Wow, I did a double take after my first sip of this beer. It's massively hoppy, but not overly heavy or thick. It's almost more wine-like for the thinner body and biting character. The hops are floral, piney, and a little fruity. It's a great and well-balanced mix of hops, though it's almost too much at times. Still, an amazing beer for hop lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 12:17:03 | More by tempest
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